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Thu., Jan. 3, 2013, 11:13 a.m.

Labrador Doesn’t Back Speaker

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio enters the House of Representatives chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, after surviving a roll call vote in the newly convened 113th Congress. He is escorted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The tiny rebellion started early in the roll call, when the chair presiding over the House called on Rep. Justin Amash. Every Republican was supposed to vote John Boehner for speaker. But the Michigan sophomore cast a vote for Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho sophomore who happened to be sitting stony-faced next to him. The House floor filled with awkward "Oooohs" and the occasional "Who?" The early part of the alphabet turned out to be trouble. Rep. Paul Broun voted for Allen West—who lost his seat last year—to become speaker. ... Raul Labrador didn't bother voting/David Weigel, Slate. More here.

Question: Could this come back to haunt Congressman Labrador?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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